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Doctor Mindbender -
Subject: A Good Lesson for Us All
Bill races through breakfast, bolts his lunch like a coyote, spends the money he was supposed buy soup with on candy and pop and has a desultory dinner.
Naturally, he is sluggish while playing with his sweet train set. Later, he gets an excruciating stomach ache that can only be cured by a good night's sleep and a mother's love. With the help of the narrator, Bill learns to slow down and savor his meals and also to stay away from the junk food.
In these fast paced times, can't we all take a page from Bill's book and slow down?
Subject: At The Trough
This should be mandatory viewing for all people entering the Golden Coral Buffet.....
Subject: Freckle Faced Bill
The kid is obviously adopted as there is no way those parents could produce a ginger kid like Bill. Not even with heterozygosity or any amount of crossing over.
That plate of bacon and eggs had my mouth watering.
A better than average health film.
Subject: Don't mistreat your stomach!
Bill learns to, chew, chew, chew his food and swallow it. This film gives us a good look at the different expectations for children that existed in the fifties. Bill bolts down his breakfastoatmeal, toast, bacon, eggs, orange juice and milk in his familys small bungalow dining room. Bills mom is obviously an excellent housekeeper. The breakfast looks delicious and the table is nicely set. We follow Bill through the day; he gulps down the sandwich his mom made him for lunch, goes to the candy store (a vanished institution, unfortunately) and buys pop and candy which he also wolfs down. He has no appetite for his moms carefully prepared dinner and gets a bad stomach-ache. We see a dream sequence when all the food Bill ate so carelessly comes back to haunt him (like Marleys ghost, only food). Bill has to stay in bed (mom tucks him in) until he feels better. The next morning, we see a new Bill. He eats his breakfast slowly and chews each bite. Same with lunch. After school, instead of going to the candy store, he comes straight home and has a good snack of crackers and milk in the kitchen. Then he goes outside to play, play, play. He works up a good appetite for dinner and happily ends the evening playing with his Lionel train set. What, no homework? No soccer practice? Bills mother doesnt chauffer Bill and his sister Carol around to after-school activitiesthere were none then; if kids wanted to go anywhere they got on their bikes and went on their own. Bills mom has time to cook a nice dinner for her family. She doesnt have to work because Bills dad earns a decent wage, enough to support the family. Bills familys life doesnt revolve around him and Carol getting straight As and applying to top colleges. There were plenty of good manufacturing jobs around for Bill when he finished high school (for Carol, its another story). The only thing they have to worry about is Bill not chewing his food! Well, that and the threat of atomic annihilation. This film was made the same year as Duck and Cover.
Subject: Me Hungry!
Another total Coronet classic as it features Bill, who has to be admired for willing to participate in a massive gluttony scene which has to be seen to believed. We first meet Bill at the dinner table, he can barely touch his food. After a while, he gets a stomach ache (I thought he was going to throw up), Mom comes to save him, and she tucks him into bed. We then flash back to how this stomache ache happened. We see Bill at breakfast, and this scene made me stand and applaud, as Bill just wolfs down everything in sight, just watching him eat in this scene will give YOU a stomach ache. During his school lunch period, he wolfs down his sandwich in another great scene and saves the money he was supposed to buy for lunch for some sweets on the way home. Soon, we go back to his bedroom, and then we go to the next day. Of course, Bill has learned his lesson, for he is eating his breakfast slowwwwwwwwwly. Like, bacon cut into little morsels, tiny tiny sips of juice, and (hilariously) this makes Bill the happiest boy on earth! The film is in pretty rough condition and seems to end abruptly, which is a shame, as this is a MUST SEE on this site!